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About the Header Image: Idlebrook Wendy Darling Evensen "Wendy" one of our four Labrador Retrievers.
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Thursday, January 31, 2019
Happy 14th Birthday to Penny today!
Penny is on the right in the picture above. Penny, Erik, and Wendy were watching Daddy eat his lunch while watching the news on TV in the living room. You never know when something might fall off of that plate!
Wednesday, January 30, 2019
Tuesday, January 29, 2019
Monday, January 28, 2019
Please meet Elsa, the sweet little Yellow Labrador Retriever who will be joining our family in March. She's three weeks old now and her eyes have just opened. We will meet her in person next weekend.
Elsa is from Millstone Labradors, the same breeder where we got our Penny nearly 14 years ago. Elsa has one brother (yellow) and five sisters (black.)
Alicia Miller owns Millstone Labradors. She's a friend and a member of our local AKC club, Queen City Dog Training Club. Alicia posts pictures of the puppies and I check in to get my "puppy fix" every day. I wasn't able to post a direct link from here on my blog, but if you're on Facebook, you can find her Facebook Page (and lots of puppy pictures) by searching for Alicia Miller Harrison Ohio.
Of course, I'll have many more images of Elsa coming soon! Photo credit for today's image goes to Alicia.
Sunday, January 27, 2019
This is pretty cool. Catherine's t-shirt just arrived from the Dock Diving Championship last month in Orlando, Florida. The shirt marks Catherine's participation with Wendy.
Catherine will wear this throughout the year to other dog training and show events.
So very cool!
Saturday, January 26, 2019
I took this picture last night as Wendy was falling asleep in a chair in our sitting room. I just love that little pink tongue that is out just a little bit as she falls asleep.
This is the same "flying Labrador" from the dock diving posts earlier this week.
Friday, January 25, 2019
Last week I showed you the squares I was working on for this couch or bed size afghan blanket. Finally the yarn arrived that I needed to put it all together. At this writing I have 14 of 80 squares put together. Then I'll add the scalloped border and it will be finished. I'm enjoying the warmth of this blanket as I am working on it on this very cold day!
One of our blog readers liked what she saw last week and has bought this one, but there are more pretty afghan blankets available to ship in our shop, EvensensProductions.com.
The Afghan Blankets Section is here. Click the link and scroll down.
I know what I'll be doing this weekend!
All the best,
Thursday, January 24, 2019
We have had quite a bit of snow lately. The pups don't mind going out in the snow, but the bitter cold has brought them in quickly.
When I took this picture the plows had been by, but they weren't able to clear the street because of the layer of ice beneath the snow. We stayed home that day.
Retirement is good!
Wednesday, January 23, 2019
This is the current waiting room knitting project. I'm finishing an afghan at home because it is too large to carry around with me. So, this basket weave tunic sweater is the current "go" project. It's a special order so already has a home when finished. I generally have several different types of projects going at the same time anyway just to keep some variety from repetitive movements for my fingers.
If you're in the Northern Hemisphere, what are you making on these cold days? If you're in the Southern Hemisphere, you're surely out enjoying beautiful weather!
Update: I've been asked about my sweaters. We have many sweaters in a variety of sizes available to ship now. Come take a look! EvensensProductions.com
Tuesday, January 22, 2019
This morning the sun came up and reflected beautifully on the snow on the ground to light the leaded glass window in our main staircase. This window is on the back of the house. The morning sun is on the front of the house. Without the snow on the ground providing the reflected light, this window would be dark at this time of the day.
Monday, January 21, 2019
Here's Erik, just in from the snow outside. I always dry them off when they come in from the rain or snow. He likes being wrapped in his towel. He's ready to settle down with his unicorn for the night.
Is that sweet or what....
Sunday, January 20, 2019
Here we go again. I took this image last night when I opened the door to let the pups out for a potty trip. None of them wanted to go out as you can see from the lack of paw prints.
The snow continues. I hope it is under control before our Cincinnati Pops concert later today....
Stay warm and comfy, wherever you are!
Saturday, January 19, 2019
Today's images are of Wendy's second jump at the Dock Diving Invitational Events in Orlando, Florida, last month.
That's it! Our sweet little Wendy truly loves the water.
Friday, January 18, 2019
Today's images are of our Wendy at the Dock Diving Invitational in Orlando, Florida, last month. Only dogs who had achieved qualifying points during the year were invited to participate.
She didn't win any awards this time, but it was wonderful practice for another year.
Thursday, January 17, 2019
The Tissue Toppers are finished and listed in the shop - see yesterday's post.
I'm finally back on the lavender-pink and green afghan blanket. These colors are just so pretty together! It will be another few days and this will also be finished and listed in the shop. It's a bed, couch, recliner size and prefect colors for Valentine's Day.
What are you working on now?
All the best,
Wednesday, January 16, 2019
For some reason our Toilet Tissue Toppers have been very popular in the shop this week so I've spent a couple of days restocking. I still have to add ribbons to the white and lavender toppers in the image, photograph/format the photos, and write listings for them all.
Check them out in the shop here. Click the link and scroll down.
Tuesday, January 15, 2019
Monday, January 14, 2019
Sunday, January 13, 2019
Saturday, January 12, 2019
Friday, January 11, 2019
Thursday, January 10, 2019
This is a flashback to New Years Eve. We had finished dinner and were trying to stay awake to midnight so put on a movie to watch while the time ticked by.
As you can see, staying awake was a challenge. That's Penny, Catherine, and Erik on the floor....
Wednesday, January 9, 2019
We do eat well here. That's a standing rib roast that Catherine prepared.
All the best,
Tuesday, January 8, 2019
Each time I build a fire in the fireplace I sit down for awhile to be sure it is burning the way I want it to burn and that the logs are safely stacked.
All of a sudden my view became very fuzzy. Yes, that's Wendy who "landed" on the couch next to me after a champion leap over the arm rest.
Monday, January 7, 2019
Catherine made salami and cream cheese rolls for one of our holiday dinners.
I served it on an embroidered linen tablecloth that I inherited from my mother. I'm not sure if it was my mother or grandmother who embroidered it, but it is beautiful. It is very small so when I use it on a dinner table I put it in the middle and over a plain table cloth.
I remember my mother teaching me the lazy daisy stitch. There are so many of them on this pretty cloth.
Isn't it wonderful to have items that have been handed down from those wonderful women who taught us so much!
All the best,
Sunday, January 6, 2019
Here she is again. This is Miss Wendy who climbs up in Daddy's chair to be next to me while I'm working at my computer and Daddy is in his wood workshop downstairs.
Wendy is getting all grown up now.
And, a little inside information, she'll have a new little sister in about eight weeks. ;)
Saturday, January 5, 2019
The weather has changed from very cold to very warm this Fall and Winter. We have had some lovely clear, warm days and some gray, cold days.
What we haven't had is enough snow to make a difference and for that I am grateful.
I hope we continue to have a mild winter. I also hope the weather isn't too extreme wherever you are.
All the best,